Monthly Archives: April 2017

What a pretty cover!

Good morning!  Early last week I already had ramblings of what I wanted to talk about this week floating in my head, however that all fluttered away when I saw the cover of PieceWork May/June issue Wednesday morning………piecework cover

Oh Wow!!  Those are mine!  I was overwhelmed and shocked as this was my first submission for the prized lace issue.  Considering how the rest of life was when I was creating these I was deeply moved.  Size 0’s and a fine cotton silk blend are not the easiest of materials to work with when you are out of your usual elements.  Jeane, the lovely editor let me push the deadline on these to the absolute limit and I spent one whole weekend marathon knitting to finish.  I’m glad their offices are just down the street and I could hand deliver them.  This is my second cover for the PieceWork the first being the Sept/Oct 2015 edition.piecework sept oct 2015

Point being with all of this….Go for it!  If you have an idea and you think it will work send it in.  The only way things like this happen is if you put yourself out there.  Could it get sent back?  Maybe, I’ve had submissions not get accepted and at first it’s a bummer but there are many factors that go into the selection process and what won’t work for one just might for another.  I do know that seeing my ideas travel the globe make the risk worth it.  Here’s the link for PieceWork’s Editorial Calendar…..It is a history magazine along with the projects and they cover all kinds of crafts from knitting to crochet and beyond.  My brain is already trying to come up with some tatting for them even though I only started a couple of years ago.  Find a good story or family history and go from there, you never know what might happen!

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Another one off the Loom

See?  I am trying to get better at this writing and sharing thing!  I still don’t understand hashtags but you can also find me on instagram as threaded_dream.

Looks like peaceful Sunday mornings are when I have time to type so let’s get started

Lately I’ve been trying to build an inventory to have for sales, be it with starting an online shop or to join local craft events here in the Fort.  My loom is very handy with this because with weaving once you get past dressing it weaving is the easy and fun part.

Here are the latest two scarves to come off of Rapunzel, yes my loom has a name and considering with tencel my favorite weaving medium, I use a comb to detangle the strands it’s very appropriate.  With the purple piece you can see a white piece of card stock woven in.  No, it does not stay in the piece.  When I submitted and the Doctor Who scarf for HandWoven I had to keep meticulous notes on the process and had enough warp to weave a small sample to keep for myself.  This has influenced me to start a weaving journal where I keep notes on the project and purposely measure out a bit extra on my warp so that I can keep a sample of the finished piece.

Here’s the next warp ready and waiting to start.  I pulled the colors from Van Gogh’s Starry Night and it has given me the inspiration to find two more of his paintings to do the same with for the start of an artists’ series of scarves.

Where do you find inspiration to create?

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Self-care

Yesterday dinking around in the morning on Facebook I found and read Sweetgeorgia Yarns blog about how her March plans were totally destroyed by illness.  More poking around showed that April is National Stress Awareness month and self-care month.  So it got me to thinking, what do I do that takes care of me?

Almost fifteen years ago the idea of self-care was a very difficult one for me to learn.  As a new mother I was constantly on call to take care of everything so the idea of taking time for me felt selfish, guilty and went against the grain of what I thought I should be doing.  Yet over time I have found that the better I take care of me, the more I have within myself to take care of others.

So what does this mean?  How much time is involved?  What should I do for myself?  My own self-care may seem extreme to some of you especially after I looked at my hours chart that I created for Ranger Jen, 28 of the 168 in a week I give to myself, 17%.  And no, sleep doesn’t count!  It’s actually more than I thought but I’m all sure that you appreciate me taking showers which is part of that time.  What do I do?  Lots of things, the main one being exercise.  I spend 5 hours a week at the gym sweating.  With everything else in my life, I’m constantly in control and running the show.  During that time at the gym I give that control over to someone else.  He pushes me to do insane things physically that I alone would not think possible.  I also read, meditate and work on projects for me.  Lately this has been the stitch a day project that Jenny at The Loopy Ewe  got me started on.  A wonderful yoga instructor in town, Michael Lloyd-Billington has what I like to call the 20 minute rule.  Twenty minutes practiced with mindfullness and consistency regardless of what it is can work wonders.  His practice is made up of 20 minutes each of meditation, yoga and journaling.

Does this mean that these things are right for you?  Only you can answer that question.  So I want to know here or on Facebook, what do you do to take care of you every day?

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